During his four-day state visit to the UK in October, Singapore President Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam and his hosts celebrated the deep collaborations that tie the two nations together.
One of the highlights of the two countries’ extensive ties cited throughout the President’s visit was LKCMedicine, a partnership between NTU and Imperial.
On the first day of the state visit, the Queen lauded the rich and shared history during her speech at the Singapore State Banquet, noting that through LKCMedicine, Imperial “is helping to train a new generation of Singaporean doctors”.
On Wednesday, 22 October, President Tan highlighted the partnership during his speech at the conferment ceremony of the King Charles II Medal by the Royal Society. He is the fifth recipient of the medal, which is awarded to foreign heads of state who have furthered scientific research in their country. During his acceptance speech, the President talked about the rich and extensive partnerships between the UK and Singapore which have furthered education and research efforts in both countries.
President Tan meets Professor Jenny Higham at the LKCMedicine booth
He said, “A significant example is the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), which was established through a partnership between Imperial College London and NTU, and involves Fellows of the Royal Society, like Professor Philip Ingham, Vice-Dean of Research at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, who is in the audience today. I am pleased to note that the first cohort of medical students have started their five-year undergraduate degree programme in 2013. Students are taught by world-class experts, in a high-tech environment, gaining theoretical knowledge while marrying practical experience that would enable them to excel in various future roles whether as a surgeon, a doctor or a clinical scientist.”
On the last day of his visit, President Tan spent time at Imperial, learning more about the many ongoing collaborations and partnerships the College has with Singapore, including LKCMedicine. Meeting senior leadership from LKCMedicine, the President learned more about the innovative, technology-enhanced curriculum at the School, a good primer for his upcoming visit to the School for the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony in January 2015.